Globalization and Mobilities: The Theory and Methods of Human Development

The last two centuries saw the massive movement of populations from their natal territorial spaces to other places, spurred by economic opportunities, political upheavals, warfare, and religious and ethnic persecution. In the age of industrialization, migrants moved mostly from Europe to Oceania and the Americas — 85 percent of all global migrants went to five places: Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA. The US accepted 60 percent of this total. World Wars I and II and the Great Depression slowed this movement, but it accelerated again as post-industrialization created new geographies of labor migration and dispersed destinations. Migration since the 1970s has led workers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to Spain, Portugal, France and Germany; from Asia and Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, and from lesser developed areas of Asia to the industrialized countries of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Mobilities: Methodologies, Circulations, and Regulations is a collaborative project between the University of Chicago and the Université Paris Diderot that moves beyond the modernist frameworks that have marked migration studies. This project aims to elaborate new methods for the study of migration and to articulate theories less tied to the belief that the complete assimilation and acculturation of migrants by their hosts is possible or even desirable.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Where: 

    University of Chicago
    1126 E. 59th Street
    Chicago, Illinois

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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